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Goals for the 26th year
  • Quit Smoking.

  • Write to Someone I Admire (Can be anyone from friend to celebrity).

  • Send 27 Post Cards (I miss connecting with people outside of the internet).

  • Leave the State for vacation.

  • Pay off my credit cards.

  • Give handmade gifts for special occasions. (Due to my schedule, I will give as many as I can)

  • Publish writing.

  • Sky dive or bungee jump.

  • Start a work out routine.

  • Debate with someone and try to see their side.

  • Walk for a cause.

  • Take a dance class.

  • Read a book a month (at least).

  • Give a gift to a stranger.

  • Hang out with my brother more often.

  • Seek Grammar/Writing Education Opportunities.

  • Volunteer my time outside of school.

  • Stop to reflect on the good things. (May decide to blog it, may decide to write it down in a journal).

  • Maintain a sick time balance at work.

  • Save up for a cushion/emergency fund.

  • Slumber Party/Diva Evening. (I miss sleep-overs!)

  • Learn to walk in heels!

  • Bring lunch to work (at least 3x a week).

  • Take a financial workshop.

  • Learn to cook/cook more often.

  • Go Camping!

  • Stop spending all my money on coffee!

A Correction & A Question
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Head Vampire was not done by Sknitches it was by Sweet Sheep.

If someone asked you what book they had to read in their lifetime, what would you say?

I am participating in the 50 Book Challenge and I want to read books that are unique and would be considered classic. Examples: Count of Monte Cristo, On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Tell me what you think. I would really appreciate it.

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posted by Valerie @ 10:33 PM  
  • At January 21, 2008 at 1:12 AM, Blogger Jinxsa said…

    I dislike Margret Atwood with the force of 1000 suns but A Handmaiden's Tale is a very worhtwhile read. On a totally different tangent Tanya Huff's Valour novels are amazing. Like the Alien movies. Robin McKinnley's Beauty. Classics from childhood Little Women, Black Beauty, Anne OF Green Gables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame,Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey,Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Definitly Undead and Unwed beacause after all that heavy reading you'll be in the mood for something awesomely fun and funny.

  • At January 21, 2008 at 1:33 AM, Blogger Elabeth said…

    I'd say read "Dharma Bums" instead of "On The Road". Also read anything by Richard Brautigan and "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas" and "Hells Angels" by Hunter S. Thompson and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Tom Wolfe. That about covers the 60's.

  • At January 21, 2008 at 1:34 AM, Blogger Hattie said…

    As far as classic I've always liked the book Jane Eyre. I read a lot of classic type books when I was young, but can't remember most. There was one I was fascinated with called Lorna Doone or something. Not so classic, but I love the Otherland series by Tad Williams. It's really just a good story, although it can seem confusing at times, it makes more sense later. And I love the book Watership Down.

  • At January 21, 2008 at 1:39 AM, Blogger Hattie said…

    Oh oh and White Fang. That one was one of my absolute favorites growing up.

    I should go dig through my books...

  • At January 21, 2008 at 9:13 AM, Blogger Sacha said…

    I like Crime and Punishment from Fyodor Dostoevsky as far as 'classic' books go.

  • At January 21, 2008 at 11:49 AM, Blogger Melissa said…

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  • At January 21, 2008 at 11:50 AM, Blogger Melissa said…

    HMM... I like the Brautigan and Wolfe suggestions...

    Trout Fishing in America would be the obvious choice from RB, but I really liked The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster which is a collection of his poetry.

    As for TW... I'd go with his first collection of essays, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, if for no other reason than it is less well known than the Acid Test...

    That said, if I had to suggest *just one book* that everyone MUST read, it would be Neuromancer, by William Gibson. I cannot stress enough how much I love Neuromancer!

  • At January 21, 2008 at 4:15 PM, Blogger Mintyfresh said…

    All-time favorite book is technically a children's book, but it's so brilliant and such a great book for young girls to read, I recommend it to everyone, no matter their age. I read it several times a year.

    The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin.

  • At January 28, 2008 at 9:00 AM, Blogger Sheila said…

    My favorite books are "Praying for Sheetrock" by Melissa Fay Greene and recently "Left to Tell" by Immaculee Ilibagiza.

  • At February 3, 2008 at 11:57 AM, Blogger Jessi said…

    50 Books sounds like an incredible challenge to me...then again I'm a pretty slow reader. Though I have been meaning to read more. I agree with one of the earlier comments suggesting Jane Eyre. I read it in high school and really enjoyed it. William Faulkner is another good classic author to try if you don't mind stream-of-consciousness. You kind of have to let yourself go with it when you read anything by him. This challenge has got me thinking maybe I should make a trip to the library...

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